Top Nephrologist Gives 5 Tips To Protect Your Kidneys For Life
The leading causes of kidney problems include diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity which can be prevented in the first place.
World Kidney Day: Diet can play a major role in preventing progression of kidney disease
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This World Kidney Day we give you the crucial 5 tips which will help you reduce the chances of a kidney disease:
1. Prevent preventable diseases
The leading causes of kidney problems include diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity which can be prevented in the first place. So make sure to not develop any of these metabolic disorders as once acquired they do gradually start impacting your kidneys.
Obesity is one of the leading cause of kidney problems
2. Control diabetes and high blood pressure well
If you have diabetes or hypertension already, you need to control them well with medications, diet and lifestyle changes. Visit your doctor regularly and follow his treatment plan and along with this make sure to eat healthy and exercise for optimal results. It is also important to get regular tests done to keep a tab on the disease - get regular blood (urea, creatinine) and urine (protein/albumin) tests for monitoring. Target HbA1C < 7.0 and and BP < 130/80 mm/Hg.
Keep diabetes under control to avoid kidney ailments
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3. Follow an active lifestyle
Exercise regularly, do yoga, decrease body weight if you are overweight. These are imperative for sound health. Studies have shown exercising to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure.
Active lifestyle is key to healthy kidneys
4. Do not take pain killers frequently, antibiotics or other drugs without your doctor's advice
Analgesics and many other medicines like NSAIDs can be harsh on the kidney. Avoid their injudicious use to prevent kidney problems.
Have medicines only under the supervision of your doctor
5. Eat healthy, quit smoking and chewing tobacco
Diet can play a major role in preventing progression of kidney disease. It also helps control other diseases. Smoking has now been found to have a direct impact on the kidneys so quit smoking today!